Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 194
Death--Disposition of Dead Bodies
Section 194.407

August 28, 2014


State historic preservation officer, jurisdiction of unmarked human burials, duties--general archaeological investigation, when--professional archaeologist, advise state historic preservation officer, when.

194.407. 1. In cases where an unmarked human burial or human skeletal remains are discovered as a result of construction or agricultural earth disturbing activities and where the state historic preservation officer has been determined to have jurisdiction, the state historic preservation officer shall determine whether removal of the human skeletal remains is necessary and appropriate for the purpose of scientific analysis. A general archaeological investigation of the site shall be conducted by a professional archaeologist and the professional archaeologist shall advise the state historic preservation officer of the physical location and the cultural and biological characteristics of the unmarked human burial or human skeletal remains within thirty days after the state historic preservation officer assumed jurisdiction over the burial or remains.

2. In cases where an unmarked human burial or skeletal remains are discovered by a professional archaeologist in the course of an investigation, and where the state historic preservation officer has been determined to have jurisdiction, the professional archaeologist shall advise the state historic preservation officer of the physical location and the cultural and biological characteristics of the unmarked human burial or human skeletal remains within thirty days after the state historic officer assumed jurisdiction.

3. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein contained no construction shall be suspended or delayed more than thirty days.

(L. 1987 S.B. 24 ยง 4)


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